Police: Mailboxes blown up in Kennewick

KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- Over the past week, Kennewick Police have investigated four incidents where a mailbox has been damaged by what is referred to as a "Drano Bomb." The chemical reaction of the hydrochloric acid and the tinfoil in a confined space such as a plastic bottle causes an explosion.

On January 16th at 8:00 am, a resident at 2905 S Garfield reported that his mailbox blew up. When the officers arrived, they found the remnants of a Drano Bomb. No injuries reported.

On January 17th officers investigated a similar incident at 1102 S Newport

On January 21st at about 5:30 pm, the resident at 2905 S Garfield discovered that his new replacement mailbox had been destroyed yet again by a Drano Bomb.

On January 21st at about 5:30 pm, the resident at 1700 S Olympia reported that their mailbox had been blown up and it appears to have also been the result of a Drano Bomb.

While no one appears to have been injured in any of these incidents, the potential for serious injury or death is always a possibility. All four incidents have occurred within just a few blocks of each other.

We are asking parents to examine their cleaning supplies and determine if they have drain cleaner recently missing and in particular if they have teenagers in the house. We have reason to believe that the suspect(s) in these cases may live in the area of the crimes. It is important to put an end to this activity before there is a serious injury.